Early Childhood Education Program (ECE)

The TSD Preschool and Prekindergarten program serves students who receive initial services in special education from the age of 3 to 5. Our Preschool and Prekindergarten program is a full day program, including snacks and lunch as well as naptime. 
 
Our program celebrates the American Sign Language and English bilingual child and their families. We offer a full access to language—through American Sign Language and spoken English when appropriate and when the child has specific eligibilities to receive such service. We believe in a natural approach to language—offering opportunities to play with both languages. 
 
Our Preschool and Prekindergarten classes use the Creative Curriculum program and the Teaching Strategies Gold assessment. Teaching Strategies GOLD is an ongoing observational assessment tool for children from birth through kindergarten. The assessment is research-based and has 38 objectives that are predictors of school success and aligned to our state’s early learning standards. From its’ website, the curriculum is described as a content-rich, developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote progress in developmental areas. It’s a comprehensive, rigorously researched curriculum approach that honors creativity and respects the role that teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child. 
 
Our teachers engage in monthly anti-bias professional development sessions.  The focus is on respecting and embracing differences while recognizing bias and unfairness.  Our students thrive in a climate that promotes positive self and group identity.